The Truth Behind Chip Kelly’s Latest Moves

Austin Willhoft FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

Ever since Chip Kelly made the bold move of trading All-Pro RB LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for former Duck standout LB Kiko Alonso, NFL executives have been calling him either an absolute genius or a total fool. As of today, a flock of nine Oregon players are on the Philadelphia roster, five of which are defenders: Casey Matthews, Brandon Bair, …

Chip Kelly Update: Here Goes Nothin’

Mark Saltveit FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

The Philadelphia Eagles finalized their roster this week, polished their trickiest schemes in closed practices and got ready for the season to actually begin. The Eagles are 10.5 point favorites at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars, led by quarterback Chad Henne. Older fans will remember Chip Kelly’s second game as Oregon’s offensive coordinator in 2007 when the Ducks crushed the …

DeForest Buckner: A New All-American Emerging?

Charles Fischer Talent Evaluation 2 Comments

There are some interesting defensive tactics that appeared in the Alamo Bowl win in addition to the continued emergence of DeForest Buckner on the defensive line. His star has been rising and the trendline of his growth manifested itself again in the Oregon Spring Game. Let’s look at what he is doing so well, and how Defensive Coordinator Don Pellum …

Chip Kelly Update: Murderleg, RC Cars, 3 Ducks and the Draft

Mark Saltveit FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 12 Comments

The long, slow, dull days of winter are over and Chip Kelly’s Eagles are crackling with activity.  He drafted a solid if unflashy group of players (including Ducks Josh Huff and Taylor Hart), added a number of UDFAs (such as a savage-tackling kicker nicknamed “Murderleg”) and wielded some innovative technologies that caused a stir around the league. Better yet, Chip’s …

Oregon Football: Six “Other” DLs to Watch in the Spring Game

Josh White FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 6 Comments

The Oregon Ducks football team is scheduled to play its annual Spring Game on what should be a picturesque Saturday inside Autzen Stadium.  And with it, the 2014 season will be officially under way. And, like every season, another batch of seniors have graduated, which leads to a bunch of question marks heading into the Spring Game coming up on Saturday.  Some of the …

Five Things “Reasonable” Huskies Fans Learned Last Saturday

Josh Hall FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 10 Comments

from Video 1.  The coaches were right; opponents do fake injuries against Washington to beat them.  This was obvious on Saturday after Oregon wide receiver Josh Huff went down with a suspicious ‘injured ankle,’ only to come back in the second half to haul in a 65-yard touchdown pass that set the tone for the remainder of the game.  He …

2013 Oregon Football ‘All-Dark Alley Team’

Josh White Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 6 Comments

Recently, I’ve been reading up on Duck foes for the upcoming football season. Oregon has what looks like a challenging and intriguing schedule laid out for their 2013 season.  They face Tennessee at Autzen stadium, and go on the road to Virginia, Washington and Stanford.  There is also a schedule-capping 117th Civil War game, where the Ducks will look to extend their …

RUDY. RUUDY. RUUUDY! RUUUUDY!!: Overachieving Ducks of the Chip Kelly Era

Sean Goodbody FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 12 Comments

National Signing Day is, by now, a distant memory.  We silently fist-pumped (probably at work) as preps across the nation used something called a “facks machine” for the first (and probably last) time to send their NLIs to Eugene.  We looked over the tremendous haul of new Ducks recruits, nodded in approval, and said things like, “THAT KID IS A …